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The Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS) is due to report earnings after the closing bell on Thursday, August 18.

Overview

GPS trades an average of 11.22 million shares per day, and has a market cap of $9.08 billion.

The Gap, Inc. operates as a specialty retailing company. The company was founded in 1969 and is based in San Francisco, California.

Recent Price: $16.43
52 Week High: $23.73
52 Week Low: $15.26
Book Value: $6.63

On average, 18 analysts are expecting $0.34 per share, a drop of $-0.06 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.4. The estimated mean earnings are $0.34 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.33 and $0.35 per share. Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -12.80 % , in the last quarter, it has returned -18.82%, with a one year change of -8.13%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -2.65% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -13.11% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is -20.54% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

For the same fiscal period year-over-year, revenue has improved to $14.66 billion for 2011 vs. $14.20 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $1.20 billion for 2011 vs. $1.10 billion for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $1.97 billion for 2011 vs. $1.82 billion for 2010.

Gross revenue is growing at an annual rate of 3.24%.




Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).


Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11 $ 3.26 B $ 3.29 B $ 39.70 M 1.22%
Jan-11 $ 4.26 B $ 4.36 B $ 102.00 M 2.39%
Oct-10 $ 3.59 B $ 3.65 B $ 64.20 M 1.79%
Jul-10 $ 3.31 B $ 3.32 B $ 7.56 M 0.23%
Apr-10 $ 3.31 B $ 3.33 B $ 17.08 M 0.52%
M = millions, B = billions

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.
Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Apr-11 0.39 0.40 0.01 2.56%
Jan-11 0.57 0.60 0.03 5.26%
Oct-10 0.48 0.48 0 0.00%
Jul-10 0.35 0.36 0.01 2.86%
Apr-10 0.42 0.45 0.03 7.14%

(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)




Aeropostale, Inc. (NYSE:ARO) is due to report earnings after the closing bell on Thursday, August 18.

Overview

ARO trades an average of 3.76 million shares per day, and has a market cap of $959.84 million.

Aeropostale, Inc. operates as a mall-based specialty retailer of casual apparel and accessories. The company was founded in 1987 and is based in New York, New York.

Recent Price: $12.39
52 Week High: $27.73
52 Week Low: $11.20
Book Value: $4.37

On average, 20 analysts are expecting $-0.03 per share, a drop of $-0.23 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.2. A beat of $-0.03 per share, will top the estimated per share earnings. Analyst estimates range between $-0.04 and $-0.03 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 5.45. In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -31.39 % , in the last quarter, it has returned -37.45%, with a one year change of -49.98%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -23.40% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, -48.06% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is -48.52% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

For the same fiscal period year-over-year, revenue has improved to $2.40 billion for 2011 vs. $2.23 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $231.34 million for 2011 vs. $229.46 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $386.79 million for 2011 vs. $382.69 million for 2010.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 7.62%.


Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).


Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11 $ 469.65 M $ 469.18 M $ -0.47 M -0.1%
Jan-11 $ 834.60 M $ 839.33 M $ 4.73 M 0.57%
Oct-10 $ 609.72 M $ 602.76 M $ -6.96 M -1.14%
Jul-10 $ 496.33 M $ 494.71 M $ -1.62 M -0.33%
Apr-10 $ 467.85 M $ 463.64 M $ -4.21 M -0.9%
M = millions, B = billions

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.
Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Apr-11 0.20 0.20 0 0.00%
Jan-11 0.97 0.98 0.01 1.03%
Oct-10 0.66 0.67 0.01 1.52%
Jul-10 0.46 0.46 0 0.00%
Apr-10 0.46 0.48 0.02 4.35%
(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)





Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE:FL) is due to report earnings after the closing bell on Thursday, August 18.

Overview
FL trades an average of 2.84 million shares per day, and has a market cap of $2.90 billion.

Foot Locker, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a retailer of athletic footwear and apparel.The company was founded in 1879 and is based in New York, New York.

Recent Price: $19.30
52 Week High: $25.50
52 Week Low: $11.59
Book Value: $13.91

On average, 11 analysts are expecting $0.12 per share, a drop of $-0.48 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.6. A beat of $0.12 per share, will top the estimated mean earnings. Analyst estimates range between $0.07 and $0.17 per share. In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -18.92 % , in the last quarter, it has returned -6.58%, with a one year change of 50.64%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -9.48% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, 14.39% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is 2.56% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

For the same fiscal period year-over-year, revenue has improved to $5.05 billion for 2011 vs. $4.85 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $169.00 million for 2011 vs. $48.00 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $262.00 million for 2011 vs. $80.00 million for 2010.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 4.12%.




Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).


Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11 $ 1.34 B $ 1.45 B $ 109.27 M 8.14%
Jan-11 $ 1.37 B $ 1.39 B $ 21.50 M 1.57%
Oct-10 $ 1.22 B $ 1.28 B $ 56.22 M 4.59%
Jul-10 $ 1.13 B $ 1.10 B $ -29.14 M -2.59%
Apr-10 $ 1.26 B $ 1.28 B $ 16.17 M 1.28%
M = millions, B = billions

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Apr-11 0.44 0.60 0.16 36.36%
Jan-11 0.36 0.39 0.03 8.33%
Oct-10 0.17 0.33 0.16 94.12%
Jul-10 0.03 0.04 0.01 33.33%
Apr-10 0.28 0.34 0.06 21.43%

(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)




The Wet Seal, Inc. (WTSLA) is due to report earnings after the closing bell on Thursday, August 18.

Overview
WTSLA trades an average of 1.66 million shares per day, and has a market cap of $455.90 million.

The Wet Seal, Inc., a specialty retailer, operates stores that sell fashionable and contemporary apparel and accessory items designed for female customers.The company was founded in 1962 and is based in Foothill Ranch, California.

Recent Price: $4.46
52 Week High: $5.15
52 Week Low: $2.77
Book Value: $2.77

On average, 6 analysts are expecting $0.02 per share, a drop of $-0.06 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $0.08. The estimated mean earnings are $0.02 per share. Analyst estimates range between $0.02 and $0.03 per share. Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -10.20 % , in the last quarter, it has returned 5.28%, with a one year change of 43.45%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 0.26% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, 26.88% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is 29.47% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Revenue year-over-year has increased to $581.19 million for 2011 vs. $560.92 million for 2010. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $12.57 million for 2011 vs. $86.87 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $25.25 million for 2011 vs. $22.85 million for 2010.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 3.61%.




Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11 $ 155.77 M $ 156.04 M $ 0.27 M 0.17%
Jan-11 $ 164.67 M $ 165.49 M $ 0.82 M 0.5%
Oct-10 $ 144.13 M $ 146.40 M $ 2.27 M 1.57%
Jul-10 $ 132.98 M $ 131.54 M $ -1.44 M -1.08%
Apr-10 $ 138.82 M $ 137.76 M $ -1.06 M -0.76%
M = millions, B = billions

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.
Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Apr-11 0.08 0.08 0 0.00%
Jan-11 0.05 0.06 0.01 20%
Oct-10 0.03 0.04 0.01 33.33%
Jul-10 0.02 0.02 0 0.00%
Apr-10 0.06 0.06 0 0.00%
(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)





Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST) is due to report earnings before the opening bell on Thursday, August 18.

Overview
ROST trades an average of 1.55 million shares per day, and has a market cap of $8.38 billion.

Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home accessories stores in the United States. The company was founded in 1957 and is headquartered in Pleasanton, California.

Recent Price: $71.98
52 Week High: $83.11
52 Week Low: $48.75
Book Value: $12.02

On average, 11 analysts are expecting $1.28 per share, a drop of $-0.20 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $1.48. The reporting quarter's estimated mean earnings are $1.28 per share. Analyst estimates range between $1.28 and $1.28 per share. Looking at the price movement over the last month, the stock has fallen in price -7.71 % , in the last quarter, it has returned -1.57%, with a one year change of 44.46%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are 3.04% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, 12.61% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is 20.91% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

The company has rising revenue year-over-year of $7.87 billion for 2011 vs. $7.18 billion for 2010. The bottom line has rising earnings year-over-year of $554.80 million for 2011 vs. $442.76 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $906.59 million for 2011 vs. $726.12 million for 2010.

Annually, revenue is growing at a rate of 9.61%.




Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).


Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11 $ 2.04 B $ 2.07 B $ 33.58 M 1.65%
Jan-11 $ 2.13 B $ 2.15 B $ 12.02 M 0.56%
Oct-10 $ 1.87 B $ 1.87 B $ 1.54 M 0.08%
Jul-10 $ 1.92 B $ 1.91 B $ -11.40 M -0.59%
Apr-10 $ 1.92 B $ 1.93 B $ 18.47 M 0.96%
M = millions, B = billions

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Apr-11 1.47 1.48 0.01 0.68%
Jan-11 1.38 1.37 -0.01 -0.72%
Oct-10 1.01 1.02 0.01 0.99%
Jul-10 1.07 1.07 0 0.00%
Apr-10 1.16 1.16 0 0.00%

(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)







Children's Place Retail Stores, (NASDAQ:PLCE) is due to report earnings before the opening bell on Thursday, August 18.

Overview
PLCE trades an average of 0.66 million shares per day, and has a market cap of $1.06 billion.

The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc. operates as a children's specialty apparel retailer in North America. The company was founded in 1969 and is based in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Recent Price: $41.63
52 Week High: $57.63
52 Week Low: $36.96
Book Value: $24.45

On average, 12 analysts are expecting $-0.39 per share, a drop of $-1.49 in earnings per share compared to last quarter's results of $1.1. A beat of $-0.39 per share, will top the estimated mean earnings. Analyst estimates range between $-0.42 and $-0.35 per share. The current trailing twelve months (ttm) P/E ratio is 13.3. In the last month, the stock has decreased in price -12.05 % , in the last quarter, it has returned -15.62%, with a one year change of -0.82%.

Comparing to the S&P 500 price changes, the price performances are -1.81% vs. the S&P 500 from a month ago, 7.13% vs. the S&P 500 from six months ago, and the year to date difference is -11.53% vs. the S&P 500 price change.

Investors have been rewarded with an increase of year-over-year revenue. Revenue reported was $1.67 billion for 2011 vs. $1.64 billion for 2010. The bottom line has falling earnings year-over-year of $83.12 million for 2011 vs. $88.35 million for 2010. The company's earnings before income and taxes are rising with an EBIT year-over-year of $136.34 million for 2011 vs. $130.07 million for 2010.

The annual growth rate of revenue is 1.83%.


Gross reported revenue compared to the mean estimate (rounded).


Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Revenue Estimates Actual $ Difference Difference %
Apr-11 $ 431.68 M $ 430.81 M $ -0.87 M -0.2%
Jan-11 $ 467.49 M $ 453.17 M $ -14.32 M -3.06%
Oct-10 $ 462.36 M $ 453.39 M $ -8.97 M -1.94%
Jul-10 $ 336.15 M $ 345.30 M $ 9.15 M 2.72%
Apr-10 $ 417.82 M $ 422.13 M $ 4.31 M 1.03%
M = millions, B = billions

Reported earnings per share compared to the mean estimate. Differences are rounded.

Fiscal Quarter Ending Month-Year Estimate Actual Difference Difference %
Apr-11 1.05 1.10 0.05 4.76%
Jan-11 1.01 1.22 0.21 20.79%
Oct-10 1.12 1.14 0.02 1.79%
Jul-10 -0.34 -0.30 0.04 NA%
Apr-10 0.89 1.00 0.11 12.36%

(Some onetime items are often excluded in reported EPS)





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